Hidden in the heart of the city of Barcelona is the "Cemetary of Forgotten Books", a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten ttles. To this library, a man brings his ten-year-old son, Daniel, one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book and from the dusty shelves pulls The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. But as Daniel grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carx and to save those he left behind.